With beautiful beaches, thriving craft beer and café cultures and easy access to world-class wineries, Newcastle has become one of New South Wales’ must-do destinations.
WHAT TO DO & SEE IN NEWCASTLE
HOW TO GET TO NEWCASTLE
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HOW TO GET AROUND NEWCASTLE
From there, you’ll find Newcastle is exceptionally easy to navigate on foot, by bicycle and aboard public transport.
The Newcastle City Council has designed a series of self-guided walking tours to showcase the city’s historical, architectural and artistic highlights.
Riding a bike is a great way to explore Newcastle, with the 24-hour Spinway bike sharing program operating out of the Maritime Centre (3 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle) and Crowne Plaza (on the corner of Merewether Street and Wharf Road).
Newcastle has an extensive network of local buses, with a fare-free bus zone in the inner city from 7:30am to 6pm. Outside that zone (or outside those times), you’ll need to tap on and off the bus with an Opal card. Opal cards can be purchased and topped up at retail outlets around Newcastle, including many supermarkets, newsagents and convenience stores. Your Opal card can also be used in Sydney, the Central Coast, Illawarra and the Blue Mountains.
Newcastle’s new light rail service is a convenient way to get around the city centre. The light rail service runs from the Newcastle Interchange in Wickham to Newcastle Beach in the east end of Newcastle, with six stops along the way. Your Opal card can also be used to ride the light rail service, which operates from 5am to 1am, seven days a week.
Newcastle Transport also operates a ferry between Stockton and Queens Wharf. The ferry operates from Monday to Friday (5am to 11pm), Saturday (5:30am to midnight) and Sunday (8:45am to 10pm).
To plan your travel on Newcastle’s public transport system, use the New South Wales Government’s Trip Planner.
Newcastle Taxis operate throughout the Hunter Region; taxis can be hailed on the street and at taxi ranks, and pre-booked on the phone or online. There are also numerous car hire companies operating throughout Newcastle.